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The Roland Juno-Di stands out as an excellent synthesizer for active musicians who are traveling back and forth from rehearsals and gigs. Visually, the Juno-Di comes off as a formidable keyboard that you can easily imagine a professional musician playing in a large music venue, but when you lift it up, you’ll be amazed at how lightweight it is for its size. Because this keyboard appeals so much to people who are getting on stage to perform, Roland is making it available in eye-grabbing white.
This 61-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard provides you with more than 1,000 great instrument sounds, and dedicated category buttons help in finding just the right sound (the grand piano is often a favorite). It’s very easy to use, and it has a few extra features that are really useful for singers or keyboardists who work closely with vocalists. A 1/4” input lets you attach a microphone for singing (or for utilizing the built-in vocoder), and a dedicated reverb effect lets you sweeten the vocal sound. You can play audio files from a USB flash memory drive to jam along with, and a Center Cancel button will remove the vocals from the track that’s playing back so your voice can take over.
There’s a Pitch Bend/Modulation lever, a D Beam controller, and five “Sound Modify” knobs on the top panel, so you can expressively tweak the parameters as you play. Far deeper sound manipulation is possible when you connect the Juno-Di to a computer via USB and run the included Editor software (Mac and Windows compatible). It’s possible to run the Juno-Di on eight AA batteries (an AC adapter is included), so you can continue working on music when you’re away from power outlets. A battery-life indicator on the front panel ensures that you won’t lose power unexpectedly. The Juno-Di is compatible with Roland’s new Wireless Connect USB Adapter, which makes it possible to wirelessly record your performances, and play along with songs on an iPhone. You can learn allabout Roland Wireless Connect in this B&H InDepth announcement.
The Juno series from Roland has always appealed to band-oriented musicians. They offer sounds that are comparable to far more expensive synths, a build quality that’s tough enough to survive the bumpy life of a touring musician, and an overall size that just seems to fit in with a band. Like a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul, the Juno has become an iconic instrument. Roland has maintained the visual presence of the Juno line, and the new white Juno-Di is a welcome new addition to this classic design.
|Keyboard||61 keys (with velocity)|
|Max. Polyphony||128 voices|
|Wave Memory||64MB (16-bit linear equivalent)|
|Preset Memory||Patches: 1,082 + 256 (GM2), Rhythm Sets: 20 + 9 (GM2), Performances: 64|
|User Memory||Patches: 128, Rhythm Sets: 8, Performances: 64, Favorites: 100|
|Effects||Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 79 types, Chorus: 3 types, Reverb: 5 types, Mic Input Reverb: 8 types|
|Audio File/MIDI Player||Audio File Formats: WAV, AIFF, MP3 / MIDI: Standard MIDI Files, format-0/1|
|Rhythm Pattern||Preset: 24 groups x 6|
|Chord Memory||Preset: 17|
|Controllers||1 x D Beam, 1 x Pitch Bend/Modulation lever, 5 x Sound Modify knobs|
|Display||Backlit LCD, 18 characters 1 line + 20 characters 2 lines|
|External Storage Device||USB (supports USB 2.0)|
|Inputs||1 x 1/4" TS Mic, 1 x 1/8" TRS stereo mini external input (for attaching an iPod, for example), 1 x 1/4" TS pedal jack, 1 x MIDI In|
|Outputs||2 x 1/4" TS Mains, 1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone, 1 x MIDI Out|
|Connectivity||2 x USB (one for external memory, another for computer connection)|
|Power Supply||DC 9 V (AC adapter included), 8 x AA batteries|
|Current Draw||600 mA|
|Battery Life||5 hours on rechargeable Ni-MH (4 hours when USB memory is used)|
|Computer Compatibility||Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher|
|Dimensions||39.7 x 11.8 x 4" (101 x 30 x 10 cm)|
|Weight||11.5 lb (5.2 kg)|